Aviation safety issues and actions

Checklist for joint testing

Issue number: AO-2008-078-SI-02
Who it affects: Electricity transmission line testers
Issue owner: Aeropower Pty. Ltd.
Operation affected: Aviation: General aviation
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-078
Date: 09 December 2010

Safety issue description

The operator's joint testing procedures were not comprehensive with respect to hazard identification and the use of standard phraseology.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Helicopter operator
Action number: AO-2008-078-NSA-078
Action status: Closed

In response to this accident, the operator has:

[Introduced] a STOP procedure for platform work. (Stop before moving towards the conductor. S = stop T= talk, O= observe, P= proceed).

Updated and upgraded company Work Instructions to a new format which is more detailed and better highlights caution and warning points and includes detailed risk assessments. Initial upgraded focused on Platform procedures WI 611/01, 02 05, 06, and 22

Ordered electronic cockpit voice prompt machines. And review a black box voice recorder.

ATSB response:

The ATSB is satisfied that the action taken by the helicopter operator adequately addresses the safety issue.

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

The operator has instigated a number of changes to its procedures and training including a checklist for use prior to testing.

Last update 11 February 2014